49ers Offense Still Puts Up Big Numbers
June 18 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
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Despite the 49ers not going very deep into the playoffs, and despite the fan out cry that the 49ers were to conservative last season, itís hard to ignore the numbers that the 49ers offense did put up. Next to the Rams, who of course lead the league, the 49ers were heads and shoulders above the rest of the league, scoring an average of 27.6 points per game.
Last season the 49ers average offensive play was 5.4 yards. This number of course includes kneeling down at half time and at the end of the game. While the Rams figure was a whopping 6.5, the 49ers 5.4 was among top offenses that included Green Bay, Indianapolis and Kansas City. The 49ers were on par with the same teams in yards per drive, averaging 33 over the course of the season.
One area that really stands out though was that the 49ers offense scored a touchdown or a field goal 38% of the time itís offense touched the ball (28% via touchdowns and 10% via field goals). Comparatively, the Rams were a whopping 46%, Oakland 38%, Indianapolis 38% clearly putting the 49ers offense among the most potent in the NFL.
While the Rams offense continues to be way above the rest of the league, there are a few teams, mainly the 49ers, Raiders, Colts and Chiefs who have extremely productive offenses. As this season approaches, teams will be focusing on how to stop the Rams defense specifically, and that may help these teams offenses become comparatively even better.